The Society Islands
in the southern Pacific Ocean with Tahiti as the most
famous island has some great dive sites to offer. The
water outside the lagoons is crystal clear.
Shark-, Stingray- and smaller fish feeding has become a
well known scuba activity for all the Society
Tahiti we explored a
couple of wrecks inside the lagoon, sunken planes and
ships where a lot of fish have maid their residents.
The most special dive
in Raiatea is the over 100
m three masted windjammer Norby, that sunk in 1900 and
lies on 30 m inside the lagoon.
"Stingray City" in
the neighbour island
of Tahiti is definitely a highlight. On a sandbank we
snorkelled with a bunch of tame stingrays.
Hopefully they never forget, that they are tame and don't make
use of their sting.
Bora is the place, where the reefs are still full
of beautiful hard corals. Lemon sharks and black tip
sharks are very common, where they get fed. Those
hundreds of manta rays disappeared, because of the
disturbance, while building a new hotel. We were
lucky and saw on the outside reefs still
a graceful manta. I will never forget the haunting
singing of humpback whales during a whole dive. Humpback
Whales stay from July through September to court, mate
and calve in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean.